Watch the 2010 Partnerships for Education Keynote Address

Communicating with Parents, Families, and the Larger Community: The "Principal" Effects of Community Relations

Conference Keynote Address by Dr. Leo Corriveau, Superintendent,
Mascenic School District. More conference videos here...

New! Early Literacy Videos for Parents


Click here to learn more and to watch the videos!

Parents and Educators Working Together!

NH State PIRC is offering collaborative sessions with Title I schools and districts on how the No Child Left Behind education law creates the perfect opportunity for parents and schools to strengthen their partnership and promote student achievement. (Watch the video of how Manchester School District and PIRC did this in April.) Please call your school to request a session, or call NH State PIRC. Read More

NH PIRC Collaborates with Newport Schools

Prompted by requirements to restructure due to the failure of the district to meet federal “No Child Left Behind” standards in mathematics for four years, the Newport administration has been exploring a number of improvement steps, not the least of which is the improvement of communication. Calling in the expertise of PIRC, the Newport district has committed to the creation of an “improvement” group at Richards Elementary School serving grades K-4, Towle School serving grades 5 & 6 and Newport Middle High School for grades 7-12 to address the concerns of each school in an organized and goal oriented fashion.Read more.

The Power of
Parent Engagement

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Click onthe image above to watch"On the Same Page - Families and Schools as Partners"  on Youtube. This is a compelling video that describes the research on why efforts to engage parents in their children's education is so important. From NY state's EPIC (Every Person Influences Chilren) organizaton (NY's PIRC program is under EPIC).

Mother Reading to daughterBring a Free Early Childhood Literacy Workshop to your School or Library!

NH State PIRC has a team of volunteers ready and willing to teach parents of children birth-5 years how to help their children make the most of story books and language. If you are in a parent-teacher group, parent support group, play group, or something similar, and can help organize the event, our volunteers can come and offer the workshops for free. Please seedownload this brochure (PDF)or call Kimm at 848-5446.Read moreabout our early literacy workshops.

Education News Parents Can Use
Video Webcasts

Student Voices on Education: A National Town Hall Meeting with Arne Duncan December 15, 2009

Elevating the Teaching Profession: A National Town Hall Meeting with Arne Duncan October 20, 2009

America Goes Back to School: A National Town Hall Meeting with Arne Duncan September 15, 2009

From the Blogosphere

Are Social Networking Sites Unhealthy for Teens?(Parenting Teens Blog)

Being a Good Listener While Parenting Teenagers(Parenting Teens Blog)

Reauthorization of ESEA, Our Perspective(About the future of NCLB) (Forum for Education and Democracy Blog)

More Recent Articles & Blogss...

NH State PIRC does not necessarily endorse opinions expressed in blogs.

Michelle Obama's plea for education | Video on

Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education| Video on

Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.

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The NH Parent Information and Resource Center (NH State PIRC) is a US Department of Education-funded program aimed at improving student academic performance by increasing parental involvement in children’s education. NH State PIRC offers workshops, publications, toolkits, newsletters, tip sheets, and support to parents, PTA’s, schools, school districts, and community organizations. In most cases, our services are entirely free.

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NH State PIRC focuses on four primary areas: Early Childhood Reading and Language Development, including School Readiness; Parental Involvement in Education; Family-School-Community Partnerships; and the No Child Left Behind education law.Our aim is to assist parents, schools, parent-teacher goups, community organizations and businesses to take a more proactive role in promoting parents' involvement in their children's education.To learn more about these topics, click on any of the topic windows above or use the navigation menu above or the quick picks menu to the left.

Our Services and Resources

For Parents of Infants and Toddlers

  • Preparing Your Child to Read and Learn
  • Understanding the Stages of Child Development
  • Parenting Information andsupport, including tip sheets, DVDs, and CDs
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness workshops and materials
  • Literacy Volunteer Program
  • Crafts to Make at Home

For Parents of School-Age Children

  • Understanding the “No Child Left Behind” Education Law
  • Workshops for improving at-home learning
  • Identifying and referral to community resources
  • Toll-free Parent Helpline 1-866-9NHPIRC (866-964-7472)
  • Parenting Information and support, including tip sheets, DVDs, and CDs

For Schools

  • Training and Technical Assistance for Increasing Parent Involvement, Developing stronger Family-School-Community Partnerships, and meeting Title I Section 1118 Goals
  • School Community Index — A tool for assessing parent involvement and school climate
  • Home-and-School Communication Toolkit
  • Online Resources

See also ourEvents Page.